Molly’s Chambers

“We were really big Thin Lizzy fans and we loved “Whiskey In The Jar.” At one point it says, “I went to Molly’s chambers,” and we took that for this song.”Caleb Followill (249)

California Waiting

“We wrote this about our manager Ken Levitan. He was doing his job but every day he would tell us, “you’re going to California, you guys have got to be perfect.” So we were like, he wants us to be perfect, we’re going to write the perfect song and it’s going to be about you.”Caleb Followill (249)

Taper Jean Girl

“Early in our career we went to London and people knew who we were. We went into a bar and people were wearing tight pants and I though they looked stupid, now we look stupid. We wrote this song, we were trying to find out what it was like in the rest of the world because we only knew the back seat of a car.”Caleb Followill (249)


“We decided to write a song about our fans [in the UK – Ed] who had been there with us and, in my opinion had kept us on a record label.”Caleb Followill (249)


“I wrote these lyrics in about 15 minutes because I was touched. I’d had lunch with a friend, he opened up to me about some personal stuff and it made me feel, first of all proud that I was the person he said it to, and also that if in the future I’m blessed enough to have children that I want to make sure that they never have to be scared to tell me anything. I remember going home after that lunch and I picked up my guitar and I looked in the mirror and it all hit me, flooded over me – I could see who I really was (and be honest with myself.) It’s a song that a lot of people can relate to.”Caleb Followill (249)

Back Down South

“We had to go all the way to New York City to realize that we missed the country. It’s amazing how many people there are from the country.”Caleb Followill (249)

Knocked Up

“It’s got a lot of sexual tension and the fear of growin’ up before you grow up, It’s that angst gives you a little tickle in your balls.”Caleb Followill (10)


“I think that just came from us bein’ a band that pretty much grew up in Europe, and we couldn’t really enjoy the success that we had because every time we went to a restaurant, everyone looked at us like we were these people that came from a country that supported war and supported all the terrible, terrible decisions and mistakes that were goin’ on in America. Everyone in fucking country music and Green Day and all these other people were writing songs about America, so we refused to write anything political. But I always knew if I wanted to ever do it, I was going to do it like Rage Against the Machine–it wasn’t going to be some ballad. If you really believe in something, you should be able to scream it from a mountain. But all of my songs are about five different things, usually. It’s just talking about how someone can just come in and fuck everything up and then they’re gone, and everyone else has to deal with the consequences.”Caleb Followill (81)

Sex On Fire

“For that to be the song that broke through in so many different territories is strange, but I think it goes back to people being tired of hearing songs with a serious vibe. People were tired of hearing about the war and politics, and ‘Sex On Fire’ is a song about sex and young kids.”Caleb Followill (82)

The End

“They broke in my house and stole all my shit. I knew I was going to have to move because people knew who I was, That night we had a show, and we got onstage for soundcheck, and I just started playing, ‘This could be the end. I ain’t got a home. I’ll forever roam.'”Caleb Followill (113)